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Busy weekend for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter had a busy Friday with the first call out just after midnight.

The team where called to Opotiki where a 42 year old local man had received stab wounds in the chest and shoulder.

He was stabilised at the scene by medics before being flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.

At 10am the team where dispatched to Cape Runaway where a 34 year old Te Araroa woman was suffering a serious medical condition.

She was treated at the scene before being flown to Whakatane Hospital in a serious condition.

On return to base the team were tasked to retrieve a 14 year old cancer patient from Starship Hospital and return him to Whakatane Hospital for Pallitive care.

In the evening the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was once again dispatched to Opotiki to pick up a 58 year old local woman who had suffered a serious cardiac event. She was stabilised by medics before being flown to Waikato Hospital.

On the morning of 27th October the team were dispatched to Waihau Bay where a 66 year old Feilding man was suffering a cardiac event, he was flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.

 

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